On 20 August 1872, poet William Miller died. Known as “the laureate of the nursery”, Miller wrote mainly children’s verse. He is best remembered for the classic, Wee Willie Winkie.
Miller never managed to make a career solely as a poet and worked as a cabinet-maker and wood turner for most of his life, dying penniless in Glasgow’s East End. However, his memory lingered and public subscription paid for a monument to him in Glasgow’s Necropolis.
Wee Willie Winkie rins through the toun,
Up stairs and doon stairs in his nicht-goun,
Tirlin’ at the window, cryin’ at the lock,
‘Are the weans in their bed, for it’s noo ten o'clock?’
'Hey, Willie Winkie, are ye comin’ ben? The cat’s singin’ grey thrums to the sleepin’ hen, The dog’s spelder’d on the floor, and disna gi'e a cheep, But here’s a waukrife laddie that winna fa’ asleep!’
Onything but sleep, you rogue! glow'ring like the mune, Rattlin’ in an airn jug wi’ an airn spune, Rumblin’, tumblin’ round about, crawin’ like a cock, Skirlin’ like a kenna-what, wauk'nin’ sleepin’ fock.
'Hey, Willie Winkie - the wean’s in a creel! Wambling aff a bodie’s knee like a verra eel, Ruggin’ at the cat’s lug, and ravelin’ a’ her thrums Hey, Willie Winkie - see, there he comes!’
Wearit is the mither that has a stoorie wean, A wee stumple stoussie, that canna rin his lane, That has a battle aye wi’ sleep before he’ll close an ee But a kiss frae aff his rosy lips gies strength anew to me.
Meaning of unusual words: Tirlin’=rapping ben=through thrums=purring spelderd=spread out waukrife laddie=insomniac boy glow'ring=shining mune=moon airn=iron Skirlin’=shrieking with excitement kenna-what=something or other creel=deep basket Wambling=wriggling Ruggin’=tugging lug=ear ravelin’=confusing thrums=purring stoorie=dusty stumple stoussie=short, sturdy child
1) Look up your professors on ratemyprofessor if you can, there have been many classes I’ve taken and absolutely hated and later looked up the professors to find out I wasn’t alone.
2) Don’t skip too often, and if one day you decide you no longer want to take the course, WITHDRAW. If you don’t and simply stop going, you’ll end up with an F in the course and really mess up your gpa and the only way to fix it is to retake it.
3) Unless you’re a morning person, don’t take morning classes. This is probably on every list but it’s true. However, once you are in the groove, you can try and get earlier and earlier times. I started out my first semester at around 1pm and now I’m able to take 9am’s without a problem. Just know your limitations.
4) If you can, try and get the classes close together but leave a break or two for eating so you won’t be starving. I’ve managed to get many of my classes 15 minutes apart, though, you should also see how far away they are from each other so you don’t set yourself up for disaster.
5) Keep a drink with your at all times! A small snack in your backpack also wouldn’t hurt in case you get hungry.
6) Wait until the first day to see if you really need the textbook, if the class is large enough, you probably won’t. Just make sure to get all the notes.
7) If you hate lunch rushes, try and get food early in the day if you can.
8) For the most part, all you’ll need is a notebook (i use a 5 subject for all my classes), a pen, a pencil, your student I.D., and your textbooks.
9) If you can, I recommend getting all your classes on the same days (I only go to class on Tuesday and Thursday) though, they run from 9:30-5:15 so if you think you’d be exhausted, spreading them out over the week is a better fit for you.
10) Once you have all your syllabi, write on your agenda or calendar all the due dates so you won’t forget.
I’ll add more as I think of them! Also sorry to all my dorm-goers, I’m a commuter so I can’t really help all that much in that department.
1. to move unsteadily. 2. to feel nausea. 3. (of the stomach) to rumble; growl.
noun: 1. an unsteady or rolling movement. 2. a feeling of nausea.
You meet frequently for dinner, after work, split whole liters of the house red, then wamble the two blocks east, twenty blocks south to your apartment and lie sprawled on the living room floor with your expensive beige raincoats still on. – Lorrie Moore, Self-Help, 1985
I’ll have to take you there. It’s a cheery sensation, you know, to find a man who has some imagination, but who has been unspoiled by Interesting People, and take him to hear them wamble. – Sinclair Lewis, Our Mr. Wrenn: The Romantic Adventures of a Gentle Man, 1914
Wamble may be related to the Norwegian word vamla which means “to stagger.” It entered English in the 1300s.